Letter From the Editor

“Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.” - Benjamin Franklin
Whenever I find myself conflicted with a long list of tasks left untouched and the lack of the desire to touch them, I turn to one of my favorite sources for inspiration, TED Talks. Not only are they an easy alternative to actually doing my school work, they provide me with exposure to ideas, concepts, and ingenuity my textbook will never succeed to do. 

Just recently, I was amazed by a video where an inventor and his team had designed a collection of paper microscopes, each costing a mere fifty cents. Each subset of microscopes were specific for a particular disease, such as malaria. The microscope in its self would have sufficed to amaze me, but it was the inventor’s vision which left me awestruck. These microscopes, proven to be extremely durable and functional, were an opportunity to extend education in third world countries by placing them in the hands of children who weren't given such opportunities due to their birth place. This combination of innovative thinking with a vision for improvement outside the realm of science is where change occurs. These visionaries, however, are not restricted to those who appear on TED Talks. They are our professors, roommates, friends, fellow students and strangers. This visionary is you.
This issue of the Catalyst explores some examples of visionaries, both within our university and the world. Every day there are scientists who are making discoveries which will be include in our children’s textbooks. Check out some scientific discoveries which were made in recent weeks. Such discoveries are occurring within the walls of the Forty Acres. Take a look at a recent publication (from my own lab) which may lead to new approaches to altering eating habits and advertising towards healthy choices. 

Regardless of where you find yourself in your journey to making a scientific discovery, there are many resources to help you find a lab to work in, to publishing your findings. Research is surely not the only means by which change can occur. Often a problem has already been identified, but the attention towards this it requires improvement. Read about a new organization on campus which is eager to help in the battle with treatable tropical diseases.
In the same way that TED Talks provides me with a source to de-stress, our contributors at the Catalyst have put together some great pieces for you to turn to. As students we can find it difficult to pay full attention in class due to the large amounts of characters around us; read about some common ones and see if you can identify examples of each in your classes. Join one of our writers as he reflects on his awesome medical trip to Guatemala over spring break. Learn a delicious dessert recipe which involves a common indulgence for many college students, Nutella!
Wherever you see yourself in the future, take a moment to ignore tomorrow and focus on the visionaries sitting right next to you. They may be the solution to a problem currently unsolvable. More importantly, find the visionary within yourself, for it is foolish to think that it is only the people around you who make a change.
This will be my last letter as the editor of the Catalyst. I’ve been fortunate to have received this position and am proud to see how far the Catalyst has come. I thank you all for your support and hope you continue to support the Catalyst as it strives for bigger and better things under new leadership.

Lakshya Nagar


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